Eat the freshest most nutritious food possible!
Most of our food travels a long way from farm to plate, loosing nutrients along the way. By growing food in your backyard you can cut that time down to seconds instead of weeks.
Participating in growing fruits and vegetables encourages all ages to increase their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. The flavour of a backyard carrot or tomato is unparalleled from the store bought variety, and the experience of growing your own intrigues and temps even the pickiest of eaters!
Canadians have experienced a sharp rise in the cost of produce due to the California drought and the dropping loonie against the US dollar.
"Vegetable prices are 18.2 per cent higher than they were a year ago.
Lettuce — up 17.9%
Tomatoes — up 11.9%
Apples — up 16.6%"
Some of the foods that are going up the most in price grow great in Toronto making edible gardening not only a delicious choice but a smart one financially.
Learn about your food system, how to grow food right in your own backyard and how to preserve your harvest!
“How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”
– Wendell Berry, farmer and author
The food system has deep connections with our social, environmental and economic well-being.
From farm to plate the food system can: provide opportunities to adapt to our changing climate and minimize the amount of green house gases being released; support social justice through fair wages and worker treatment; and enliven neighbourhoods with food districts that support local economies.
By interlacing food production, processing and preserving activities with information on food system planning, policy and practice we provide useful hands on skills and an introduction to how you can support the shift towards community food security.
Workshops can be designed with a light or intensive food systems knowledge focus depending on your audience and the type of event you're wanting to host.